Fruity teacake

Fruity teacake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus soaking

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 12

Perfect with a reviving cuppa, this cake is a keeper and will happily sit in a tin for a week or so

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
231
protein
3g
carbs
48g
fat
4g
saturates
3g
fibre
1g
sugar
33g
salt
0.27g

Ingredients

  • 300g mixture dried berries and cherries
  • 225ml hot tea
  • juice 1 orange (about 75ml/2½fl oz) plus zest
  • 50g butter
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar

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Method

  1. Place the dried fruits in a bowl and pour over the hot tea, orange juice and zest. Cover with cling film, then leave for at least 4 hrs or better still overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 2lb loaf tin. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in the egg followed by the flour. Carefully stir through the fruit mixture. Spoon the mixture into the tin, then smooth over the surface with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle all over with a thick layer of demerara sugar.
  3. Bake for 1 hr or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out, cut into slices and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2009

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caz505bgf's picture
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I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Made it as a low fat option when taking a few treats into work and it went down a storm. I tried it and liked it, it was definitely moist and sugary thanks to the topping and it was tasty, it had a really good rise and was simple to prepare. I think it was obvious that it wasn't a gooey, buttery load of naughtiness but hey, it does what it says on the tin: a low fat but tasty treat.

catherineshumphrey's picture
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Fab cake! Just tried it out as doing a tea party for my sisters hen do and HAD to have fruit cake! Started the fruit soaking this morning before I went to work and made it when I got back! At the stage when you mix in the flour it goes really stiff and I worried but once the fruit & tea mixture is in it's fine!

hurricane13's picture
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Got 2 of these baking in the oven as I type. Doubled everything and split into 2 tins. One for me and wife and a another for everyone else to share :-)

Only :-( is that I never spread them before going in oven as recipe says and they are splitting a bit on top. I'm sure they will taste great regardless.

Oh, I thought it might be nice to put a good blob of Golden Syrup in too! :-)

mightyatom's picture

Deliciious......never in the tin for long already a family favourite

smilerc's picture
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I used Sainsbury's Luxury Dried Fruit (which contains raisins, sultanas, cherries, apricot and pineapple) instead of the berries and cherries and it tasted wonderful. Moist, not crumbly. Love the crunchy sugar topping.

johnnycalvert's picture
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Very nice indeed! I only had sultanas around so i used those. I also didn't have an orange so used lemon instead. The cake was lovely and moist and lovely with a bit of clotted cream and cup of tea. Will try with the correct ingredients next time.

becca_whitfield's picture
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Forgot to say, works well with self raising wholemeal flour, if you want to make it extra healthy. And spelt flour works too.

becca_whitfield's picture
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I used dried cranberries, dates and raisins, and this cake was delicious. The orange juice and zest give the cake a really nice citrus flavour. Still good 2 weeks after being baked, and if anything even tastier. Very moist, and another low fat favourite in our house. Yum

eleanormayo's picture
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I used a mix of dried blueberries, cherries, jumbo raisins and sultanas. Was very tasty, but rather crumbly - I imagine this could be rectified by uping the quantity of butter though.

alexthefreeman's picture
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Really Like this recipe. Very Tasty. And Easy to make. Only thing, bit boring when waiting for soaking time to finish. Does this need to be min of four hours?

ayleen_p's picture
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It was very easy to make and very tasty and healthy. I will be using less dried fruit next time though as I found it too fruity. It took longer than an hour to bake it but maybe turn the heat down nearer the end so it won't burn the sugary top.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Used up open packets of dried fruit from the cupboard and soaked overnight. Very good tea loaf - moist and fruity with a good orange flavour.

lovetocook10x's picture

Was delicious ! My whole family loved it , couldnt get enough :)
plus its low fat too which is an extra treat !

kittycat10's picture
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Sorry. forgot to rate it!

kittycat10's picture
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This is the first time I had made this and the result was superb! I just used a dried fruit mixture of sultanas and raisins, soaked overnight in the tea and the next morning pretty much all the fluid had been absorbed. The cake was so moist. I had to smile at the comment 'This cake will keep a week', not in this house it wouldn't. Definately a favourite.

ladywillow's picture

Instead of berries I used a mixture of sultanas, chopped dried apricots and chopped glace cherries.

It doesn't matter what dried fruits you use so long as the total weight is the same.

The apricots particularly made it beautifully moist.

Vegirl's picture
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I am not normally keen on this type of cake but this one was really lovely.

lynsey1980's picture
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Very quick, very easy, very lovely recipe!

We made Spiced Vodka for Christmas and had tons of raisins and cranberries left over so we used them in this recipe. It tasted amazing, very Christmassy!

fmcroberts's picture
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I used a mixture of dried cherries, sultanas and raisins. All mixed berries would have made it too expensive. I wrapped it in foil and it kept fine for a week. Really nice and fruity tasting and the orange zest and juice add a lovely freshness to the cake. Watch out for the loaf tin, I assumed the one I had would be a standard size but it seems that 2lbs is bigger than the usual size available in smaller shops.

ncsh556's picture

really yum. soaked sultanans and apricots overnight. will try cherries next time. smelt very christmassy!!!

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